July 16, 2018
- Palestinians in Gaza Fire 200 Rockets at Israel on Saturday, Israel Retaliates with Airstrikes – Anna Ahronheim
200 rockets and mortars were fired by Palestinians in Gaza towards Israel since Friday, with 40 of them intercepted by the Iron Dome Missile Defense System and another 73 landing in open territory. 13 landed in communities bordering Gaza and another two hit the city of Sderot. In response, Israel carried out airstrikes on Hamas targets including attack tunnels and Hamas’ battalion headquarters in Beit Lahiya. The strikes destroyed urban warfare training facilities, weapon storage warehouses, training compounds, command centers and offices. (Jerusalem Post)
- Four Israelis Wounded as Gaza Rockets Hit House, Synagogue in Sderot
Palestinians in Gaza fired a salvo of rockets at the Israeli town of Sderot on Saturday evening, with two of the rockets hitting a home and a synagogue, wounding four Israelis including two teenage girls. On Friday, an IDF officer was wounded by a hand-grenade thrown during the weekly border riots. (Times of Israel)
- Palestinian Rocket Unit Commander Killed in Gaza Blast – Adam Rasgon
Ahmad Husan, head of the missile unit of the Ayman Jawda group of the Fatah-aligned al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades, was killed in an explosion in Gaza City along with his 13-year-old son on Sunday. (Times of Israel)
- Hamas Diverts Diesel Fuel Meant for Gaza’s Power Station – Avi Issacharoff
Several hundred Palestinians participated in clashes at the Gaza border fence last Friday, the remnants of the “March of Return” demonstrations. At the same time, thousands of Gaza residents went to the beach, although Gaza’s coast is unsafe for bathing due to pollution.
Gaza still gets only four hours of electricity per day followed by a 16-hour blackout. Generator-powered elevators in high-rise buildings only operate on the hour. Of the water that flows through the pipes only once every five days, 97% is undrinkable.
While complaining of “hardship” and “the blockade,” Hamas spends its funds on terror infrastructure rather than investing in the population. A classic example involves 30 million liters of diesel fuel intended for Gaza’s power station that has been brought in since the beginning of the year. Instead of using it all to produce more hours of electricity, Hamas sold 12.2 million liters on the black market for a maximum price or diverted it for military purposes. (Times of Israel)
Hamas Plans to Launch Exploding Drones into Israel – Itsik Saban and Gadi Golan (Israel Hayom)
Hamas is planning to launch drones rigged with explosives deeper into Israeli territory, Israeli defense officials warned Thursday.
So far, kites and balloons have been fitted with fireworks, burning coals, and firebombs that spark fires as they crash on the Israeli side of the border.
According to Israeli intelligence, Hamas has recently begun adding timers to delay combustion as the kites and balloons remain airborne for longer. A kite with a timer landed last week in a moshav 35 km. (22 miles) from Gaza.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Thursday, “The number of fires is increasing and more and more incendiary kites and balloons are being launched from Gaza.”
“Our firefighters are doing an incredible job in getting these fires under control quickly, but arson terrorism will not stop unless we deter those launching kites and balloons over the border, and we may also find ourselves dealing with fires in communities much farther from Gaza.”
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